Monthly Archives: June 2014

Dales High Way – Day 8

Monday 30 June 2014. Today is my 63rd birthday and what better way to celebrate it by being out walking and completing the 90 miles of the Dales High Way.My b&b last night was a 20 minute walk from the village of Newbiggin-on-Lune. Normally they ferry guests to the local pub, but they were going out for the evening. So, it was another walk or go without an evening meal. I chose the latter. Otherwise it was a very nice b&b.
Back to the walking. It was supposed to be 12.7 miles but a couple of navigational errors meant that it turned out to be 13.5 miles and another 6 hours of walking. My first mistake came on Ravenstondale Moor. There are no signposts but as it follows part of the C2C, I have no real excuse. The second came on Great Asby Scar and was due to a lack of concentration. Both were easily overcome but added distance and time.
It was a lovely sunny day and whilst I took quite a few pictures, most were at a distance and the camera some how doesn’t do them justice.
I called into the Appleby TIC to get my DHW certificate and absent mindedly left my walking poles there. I didn’t miss them until arriving at tonight’s b&b so had another 15 minute walk to go and retrieve them. I’m on the 9.35 train to Harrogate tomorrow to pick up my car and hope to be home in time for the football at 5pm.

Dales High Way – Day 7 (Pictures)

I’ve sorted the SD card problem and have attached a few pics from today’s walk. If you look carefully, in one of them you can see as far as Heysham & Morcambe Bay.

Dales High Way – Day 7

Sunday 29 June 2014. Sedbergh hotel ok but at £50pn I expected a decent tv with integrated freeview. Instead, I got a crappy tv with freeview set top box and a tangle of wires. I emailed them to complain. Wasn’t happy that breakfast didn’t start until 8.30.Picture editing is still a problem but the one pic gives an idea of what a wonderful morning it was.
Leaving Sedbergh it was immediately uphill and this went on for the next 3 miles and 2,000ft until reaching The Calf which is the highest point in the Howgills. From here there followed about 6 miles of open fell walking. Miles of space all to myself.
I finished off with 2 miles of road walking to my b&b for tonight. Another 11.15 miles of walking has brought the weeks total up to 78 miles with the final day of walking tomorrow; on my birthday.

Dales High Way – Day 6

Saturday 27 June 2014. Accommodation in the Ribblehead area is scarce and my b&b could best be described as “average” particularly as breakfast wasn’t served until 8.30 so it was diy cereal & juice for me.Setting out for Dent & then Sedbergh, I passed in front of the Ribblehead viaduct with cloud covering Whernside behind. I’m pleased to say that it stayed dry all day. My path took me alongside the railway line and around the northern flank of Whernside. This involved a climb of about 800ft but gave great views of the Howgills and the Lakes beyond. An equally steep descent took my down to Sedbergh having walked 8 miled by 11.10. The reason for such an early start was that I’d arranged to meet Jacqui to walk the last 5.5 miles to Sedbergh.
There was a music festival in Dent which delayed Jacqui’s bus, so when she arrived, it was time for bacon butty & a cup of tea before setting off for the second walk of the day and another climb of 500ft. We arrived in Sedbergh at 14.30 and had a relaxing late lunch.

DALES HIGH WAY – DAY 5

Friday 27 June 2014. Settle b&b was ok but nothing special. I had a long day ahead of me today and the weather forecast wasn’t great. I made an early start on a customised route of the DHW. I missed out Stainforth and took a more direct route to Feizor where I stopped for a cup of tea & a scone at Elaine’s tea rooms.The route then took me to the top of Crummackdale from where I had planned to climb Ingleborough & Park Fell before decending steeply to Ribblehead.
I’ve had sore little toe on my left foot for the last couple of days and the Ingleborough route didn’t look too appealing, particularly as I’ve already done it a couple of times before. Instead, I took the lower level “poor weather” alternative via Sulber & Selside. This proved to be enjoyable as it was much easier and softer underfoot. It was a little shorter too at 13.3 miles which was completed in about 6 hours and without any rain.
I’ve sorted the SD card problem and have added a few pictures from the last 2 days to this blog.

Dales High Way – Day 4

Thursday 26 June 2014. Malham b&b was fine but pub meal rubbish. Poor wi-fi signal in Settle b&b and SD card problems mean that this will be a text only blog post but I’ll try to add pics later.
After yesterday’s near 14 miler and 7 hours of walking it was a welcome relief to only walk 7.5 miles from Malham to Settle. An early start (8.40) meant that I had Malham Cove to myself. I still had a near 300ft climb up the steps at the side to the top of the Cove and a further climb up Watlowes. By the time that I reached Nappa Cross, I’d climbed about 1,000ft.
It was largely downhill from here, past Attamire Scar and into Settle for lunch.
I broke one of my Pacerpoles on Tuesday but on the way down to Settle, I came across a Leki pole propped up against a wall. My inital thoughts were to leave it there, but with a climb up Ingleborough tomorrow, I felt that it was devine providence and decided that my need was greater than the forgetful owner or other passers-by. I’m now the owner of a Leki pole which will be passed on to another needy walker at the end of this holiday.

Dales High Way – Day 3

Wednesday 25 June 2014. My B&B last night in Skipton could best be described as “odd”. It was set amongst a number of commercial premises and from the outside looked more like a refugee hostel. Inside was a little better although my single room was in the eaves with a bath and no shower. Breakfast was “standard”.Reflecting on the first 2 days of the walk, I’ve come to the conclusion that anyone short on time could consider missing them out as “The Dales” don’t really start until after Skipton.
Today’s walk was 13.7 miles and was hard. An easy start through Skipton Castle Woods soon gave way to the slog up Sharp Haw where I stopped for an extended mid-morning break. A welcome downhill section followed after which I picked up the path from Flasby to Hetton. It was along here that I had another close encounter with a Buzzard, diving overhead to protect its territory. I stopped in Hetton for a pint at The Angel and an extended lunch break. During this stop, I had a Twitter exchange with Chris Grogan who, with her husband, developed the DHW.
Leaving Hetton, the path soon went uphill and this continued for the next 3 miles or so until I reached “The Weets”. This final climb was a real struggle and at the 10 mile point I hit “the wall” and had to stop for a rest, to cool down and take on some more fluids. There was a steep downhill section to Janet’s Foss and by now my thighs were burning. There was a mobile refreshments van at the bottom of the hill and I couldn’t resist buying an ice cream to give me a boost for the final leg to Malham.
I’ve just had a steak pie at The Buck which must rank as the worst meal that I’ve had for some time.